Just Can't Get Enough (Depeche Mode song)

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"Just Can't Get Enough"
Single by Depeche Mode
from the album Speak & Spell
B-side "Any Second Now"
Released 7 June 1981
Format 7" single, 12" single, CD single
Recorded July 1981 Blackwing Studios, London
Genre Synthpop,[1] new wave[2]
Length 3:41
Label Mute
Writer(s) Vince Clarke
Producer(s) Depeche Mode, Daniel Miller
Certification Silver (BPI)[3]
Depeche Mode singles chronology
"New Life"
(1981)
"Just Can't Get Enough"
(1981)
"See You"
(1982)

"Just Can't Get Enough" is a song by English musical group Depeche Mode. It was released in September 1981 as the second single from their debut album, Speak and Spell (1981). It was recorded during the summer of that year at Blackwing Studios, and was the band's first single to be released in the United States, on 18 February 1982. A riff-driven synthpop song, "Just Can't Get Enough" was the final single to be written by founding member Vince Clarke, who left the band in November 1981.

The single version of "Just Can't Get Enough" is the same version that appears on the UK version of Speak and Spell. The 12" single featured a "Schizo Mix", which is an extended version with additional synth parts adding a sinister feel to the track. This version appears on the US version of Speak and Spell, the UK re-release of Speak and Spell, the rerelease of The Singles 81→85 and Remixes 81–04.

In addition, the single's B-side "Any Second Now" was the first commercially available Depeche Mode instrumental. It shows up on the UK rerelease of Speak and Spell. A version including vocals (the first Depeche Mode vocals to be handled by Martin Gore) appeared on the album as "Any Second Now (Voices)". There is also an extended version, the "Altered" Mix. In the United States, the B-side is "Tora! Tora! Tora!". On the album, the song is crossfaded with the previous track, "Photographic", but on the single, the introduction is clean.

The single reached number 8 on the UK Singles Chart and number 26 on the US Hot Dance Club Play chart, making it their highest-charting single at the time on both counts. It also became the band's first (and biggest) hit in Australia, reaching number 4.

Content[edit]

Due to Vince's songwriting, the song has a bubbly feel that stands in contrast to the brooding feel of most later Depeche Mode songs.

Music video[edit]

"Just Can't Get Enough" was the first Depeche Mode song to get a music video. It is the only Depeche Mode video with Vince Clarke. The director was Clive Richardson.

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Just Can't Get Enough":

7": Mute/7Mute16 (UK)
  1. "Just Can't Get Enough"– 3:41
  2. "Any Second Now"– 3:06
12": Mute/12Mute16 (UK)
  1. "Just Can't Get Enough (Schizo Mix)"– 6:43
  2. "Any Second Now (Altered)"– 5:41
CD: Mute/CDMute16 (D)1
  1. "Just Can't Get Enough (Schizo Mix)"– 6:47
  2. "Any Second Now (Altered)"– 5:45
  3. "Just Can't Get Enough (7" Version)"– 3:41
CD: Mute/CDMute16 (UK)2
  1. "Just Can't Get Enough"– 3:45
  2. "Any Second Now"– 3:09
  3. "Just Can't Get Enough (Schizo Mix)"– 6:48
  4. "Any Second Now (Altered)"– 5:42
7": Sire/SRE50029 (US)
  1. "Just Can't Get Enough"– 3:41
  2. "Tora! Tora! Tora!"– 4:23

Notes

  • 1:CD released in 1988
  • 2:CD released in 1991
  • All songs written by Vince Clarke except for "Tora! Tora! Tora!", written by Martin Gore.

Chart performance[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

The Saturdays version[edit]

"Just Can't Get Enough"
Single by The Saturdays
from the album Chasing Lights re-issue
B-side Golden Rules
Released 1 March 2009 (digital release)
2 March 2009 (physical release)
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2009
Genre Dance-pop, electropop
Length 3:08 (radio mix)
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Vince Clarke
Producer(s) David Eriksen[20]
The Saturdays singles chronology
"Issues"
(2009)
"Just Can't Get Enough"
(2009)
"Work"
(2009)
Music video
"Just Can't Get Enough" on YouTube

"Just Can't Get Enough" was covered by British-Irish girl group The Saturdays. It was one of the official Comic Relief singles for 2009. On 8 March 2009, the song entered the UK Singles Chart at number 2 - remarkably, Depeche Mode in all their career have never reached the #2 position in the UK; their highest chart placing is number 4 with the hits "People Are People", "Barrel of a Gun" and "Precious". The Saturdays' version peaked at #2, being beaten by Flo Rida's "Right Round" after being at number 1 in the midweek count, thus being the first Comic Relief single not to chart at number 1 in 14 years. However, it gave The Saturdays their highest chart placing at the time, outpeaking and outselling the original track, plus it marked their fourth consecutive top ten hit in the UK. The success of this single was later matched by "Forever Is Over" and beaten by "What About Us".

In 2011, the song was used for promotional commercials for the movie Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Music video[edit]

The music video premiered on MSN on 9 February 2009. The video shows each girl singing in a mock-'50s pin-up calendar and uses a different edit of the song than the single version. It was directed by Harvey B-Brown.

Track listing[edit]

CD single

(Released 2 March 2009)

  1. "Just Can't Get Enough" (Radio Mix) — 3:08
  2. "Golden Rules" — 3:50
Digital single

(Released 1 March 2009)

  1. "Just Can't Get Enough" (Radio Mix) — 3:08
  2. "Just Can't Get Enough" (Video Mix) — 3:19
  3. "Just Can't Get Enough" (Wideboys Club Mix) — 5:08
  4. "Just Can't Get Enough" video — 3:32 iTunes Edition Only

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[21] 6
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[22] 11
Ireland (IRMA)[23] 6
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[24] 2
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[25] 94
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[26] 2

End-of-year charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Position
UK (Official Charts Company)[27] 68
Country Certifications
(sales thresholds)
United Kingdom Silver (BPI)[18]

In popular culture[edit]

Charity single "Just Can't Get Enough" by the Good Child Foundation
Football chant for Celtic F.C.

In 2009 the song was adapted as a football chant by fans of Celtic F.C., specifically the Green Brigade fans.[28]

In an interview with football website Goal.com, Depeche Mode keyboardist Andrew Fletcher commented on the use of the song by Celtic fans: "We feel honoured that the Celtic faithful are chanting our songs and are touched by it. The best thing is that they know the entire lyrics."[28]

The football chant was also sung by Thai children from the The Good Child Foundation also known as the Thai Tims, made up of children suffering from Down Syndrome. The song had been taught to them by Reamonn Gormley, a young Celtic youth team player and avid Celtic fan from Blantyre who had gone to Thailand as a volunteer English language teacher for Good Child Foundation and would use English songs to teach English to them, including, amongst others, Celtic chants. Gormley was stabbed to death upon his return to Blantyre on 1 February 2011. He was just 19. The Thai Tims' videotaped tribute version of "Just Can't Get Enough" citing "Reamonn [Gormley], Jinky Johnstone and Tommy Burns will be smiling down from heaven on all of us" went viral.[29] In memory of Reamonn Gormley, Celtic FC and Celtic Charity Fund released it as a charity single on 8 May 2011[30] with proceeds going to the Good Child Foundation in Thailand and Crime Stoppers in Scotland.[31] It reached number 30 on the UK Singles Chart.

Adaptations for other football clubs

As it grew in popularity, the song was adapted by fans of other football teams. The first team to adapt it was English Championship side Burnley in January 2011.[32] In February 2011, starting with the 3–2 home win over Aston Villa, Premier League club Bolton Wanderers began to use the song when a goal was scored at the Reebok Stadium.[33] Also in February 2011, Liverpool supporters adopted the song as a tribute and encouragement for the club's new Uruguayan attacker Luis Suárez. Asked about the Liverpool supporters' adoption of the song, Depeche Mode's Andrew Fletcher, in spite of being a supporter of rival club Chelsea, acknowledged their creativeness: "It's breathtaking to see the enthusiasm in the stands when they're chanting the song." Finally, he explained that bandmate David Gahan also followed Chelsea, while Martin L. Gore is a fan of Arsenal.[28][34]

It became a chant even in "de Kuip" sung by the Feyenoord audiences.

Following Craig Mackail-Smith's transfer from Peterborough, Brighton & Hove Albion fans started singing the chant.[35] AFC Wimbledon fans have also adapted the song with references to FA betrayal, the controversial formation of Milton Keynes Dons and a desire to return to their home town, along with their love of the club.

It has become a regular chant in most A-League supporters groups, after the Wellington Phoenix FC supporters group Yellow Fever began singing it in late 2011. It also become a regular chant for the Auckland City FC supporters club the '248 service crew' when they began singing it 2011. It has also became a regular chat for the Major League Soccer sides Chicago Fire Soccer Club and Philadelphia Union.

In rugby league

Many fans of Super League clubs sing the song on matchdays. Most notably, the Wigan Warriors Brigantes.[36]

In darts

In 2012 it became the walk-on music for Kevin Painter.

References[edit]

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  22. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ – Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége" (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
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  28. ^ a b c Francois Duchateau. "Depeche Mode keyboard player Andy Fletcher delighted with 'Just Can't Get Enough' chants at Celtic and Liverpool - Goal.com". Goal.com. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  29. ^ Videotaped version by the Thai Tims of "Just Can't Get Enough" on YouTube
  30. ^ "Just Can't Get Enough" single's official website
  31. ^ "Just Can't Get Enough - Single by Various Artists". iTunes. Apple Inc. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  32. ^ Tony Scholes. "Clarets' fans Just Can't Get Enough - Burnley FC - Clarets Mad". Clarets-mad.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  33. ^ "Whites on song". The Bolton News. Theboltonnews.co.uk. 8 March 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  34. ^ CrimeStoppers: Just Can’t Get Enough - Charity single launched
  35. ^ Craig Mackail-Smith Brighton Chant Cardiff Away. YouTube. 
  36. ^ Wigan Ultras Brigantes singing Just Can't Get Enough. YouTube. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 

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